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bother +‎ -ation


  • IPA(key): /ˌbɒðəˈreɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


botheration (countable and uncountable, plural botherations)

  1. The act of bothering, or state of being bothered; cause of trouble
    Synonyms: perplexity, annoyance, vexation
    • 1803, William Blake, Letter to his brother James Blake dated 30 January, 1803, in The Poetry and Prose of William Blake, edited by David V. Erdman, New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1970, p. 696,
      I write in great haste & with a head full of botheration about various projected works []
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, chapter 21, in A Tale of Two Cities[1]:
      [] I am determined to be peevish after my long day's botheration.
    • 1954, Peter De Vries, The Tunnel of Love, New York: Popular Library, Chapter Six, p. 63,
      [] the by-products and botherations that go with pleasures make it hardly worth it. Sex is supposedly life's greatest pleasure and look what it gives you.
    • 1982, Saul Bellow, The Dean's December, New York: Pocket Books, 1983, Chapter 4, p. 59,
      At home he read too many papers. He was better off without his daily dose of world botheration, sham happenings, without newspaper phrases.



  1. An expression of annoyance.
    • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, "Prelude" in Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback, 2002, p. 120
      Botheration! How she had crumpled her skirt, kneeling in that idiotic way.
    • 1955, C. S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, Collins, 1998, Chapter 3,
      "Blast and botheration!" exclaimed Digory. "What's gone wrong now? [] "